Planned Parenthood’s new president has one factor going for her: she isn’t shying away from the reality. Now that Leana Wen’s taken over for Cecile Richards, she’s lastly admitting what the remainder of us knew all alongside. Planned Parenthood could speak about quite a lot of points, but it surely solely actually cares about one—abortion.
After 12 years of mendacity low on its abortion enterprise (“lying” being the operative phrase), Wen has a special technique for Planned Parenthood. Telling it like it’s.
After a BuzzFeed story urged that the Chinese-American physician needs her group to “focus on non-abortion healthcare,” Wen shocked everybody by saying precisely what Planned Parenthood’s actual precedence is. “Our core mission,” she tweeted, “is providing, protecting, and expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care. We will never back down from that fight,” she vowed. “It’s a fundamental human right, and women’s lives are at stake.”
Her tweet, which she adopted up with much more militant defenses of abortion, blew greater than a decade of subterfuge and hyperbole to bits. Planned Parenthood, who meticulously scrubbed any reference of abortion from its public statements beneath Richards, is lastly making an admission that must trigger elected officers throughout America to rethink its half-billion-dollar taxpayer funding.
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The fact hasn’t precisely been good for enterprise, the Washington Examiner’s Philip Wegmann factors out about Planned Parenthood. To tamp down on the criticism that our authorities is sending cash to America’s largest abortion chain, Richards used to insist that the process solely makes up “three percent” of its companies—”as if,” Wegmann says, killing is okay so long as you solely do it sometimes. Eventually, even shops like Slate and The Washington Post rejected the statistic as meaningless and deceptive.
For years, it has guarded the three p.c determine jealously, and a complicit press has reprinted it uncritically. Its former president, Cecile Richards, repeated it throughout congressional testimony. Journalists at CNN, Politico, and the New York Times publish it with out qualification. It’s repeated so usually, it has change into an ironclad lie. Unraveling the reality could be a catastrophe for Planned Parenthood. Congress may not write it as many taxpayer checks if the general public realized that the most important abortion supplier does, in truth, make its cash by performing abortions—328,348 abortions a yr, based on its newest annual report.
Maybe, others level out, Wen’s new technique is her manner of interesting to the brand new House majority. After all, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., already promised that hers could be a “pro-choice gavel.” But the place Wen’s honesty could backfire is with voters, greater than half of whom (55 p.c) do not know that the group performs abortions—not to mention that it’s America’s largest provider.
The media likes to speak about Planned Parenthood’s grassroots assist. But, Gallup factors out, it’s “not clear whether Americans have a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood because of its role in the national abortion debate or in spite of it.” In the top, Wen’s admission could have completed pro-lifers a favor. The extra individuals who know what enterprise Planned Parenthood is really in, the higher.
LifeNews Note: Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council.